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I Have Trichotillomania

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    Between 13 and 16 I pulled out all of my

    eyelashes. Now I am 29, and I have started again, I was doing good today and just yanked them all out now. I hate myself.
    TheMeanReds28 TheMeanReds28 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    A very traumatic event happened to me today

    and it has caused me to very stressed and have high anxiety. Therefore, I have been pulling like crazy because that's my "stress reliever." I was doing pretty well and it makes me upset how one moment can change everything.
    shellllbbb shellllbbb 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    Hey everyone. I haven't been "officially"

    diagnosed but when I'm stressed/worried/anxious I pull from a spot near the back/top of my head. I've been doing this for about 5 years. I know most of the time people pull from different places but mine is more obvious and it causes even more discomfort. How do you get...
    kip416 kip416 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    I remember when I first started.

    I was in year 1, so I was 6 years old. My grandfather had just fallen desperately ill, so naturally I was sad and I wanted to somehow bring him back.I remember sitting in class one day and my friend told me I was an eyelash on my cheek as that I should make a wish. Of course...
    Emrobuk Emrobuk 13-15, F Aug 16

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-17, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Hi there, I'm new, and I just stumbled upon

    this group/site/experience and I have to just say Wow! :D (sorry in advance for my life story!) This may sound silly but I never knew that what I've been doing for the past 17 years or so meant that I have Trich. I'm 27 and I've been rubbing and pulling my eyebrows since I was...
    lightandlove18 lightandlove18 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 24

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    I dont know why... But I always do my makeup

    when i have urges to pull. It not only distracts my hands and concentration, but gives me practice and it makes me feel better about not having any eyelashes or brows :)
    JustineMusey JustineMusey 13-15, F Jul 13

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    I have been pulling my hair out

    for 6 years now and at first it only effected my self esteem and took up a lot of my time, but now I'm getting drunk bald spots, and scabs, and I just feel terrible about myself. I live in the country and I don't have the proper support to deal with it. Only 4 people in the...
    Acadia1712 Acadia1712 18-21 2 Responses Jul 28

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    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14 16-17, F Nov 22, 2014

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    Trichsters message me.

    I need some advice with trichotillomania
    JustineMusey JustineMusey 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    So for the longest time I grew up pulling

    mainly my lashes. Then it turned into pulling at my brows, too. Now I'm at the point where I've been able to grow more lashes than I've had in years but now I can't leave my brows alone. So sick of this imbalance. Anyone else have an experience similar to this??
    mcoulter94 mcoulter94 18-21, F Aug 3

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    Hi im brianna and im 12

    and I have trichotillomania and I have been so sad about this I always thought I was a weird kids . I would get called alien cus I have no eyebrows . I would grow them out and feel the soft hairs and in my mind I would be so happy that there growing and in my mind I would say im...
    brianna23437 brianna23437 13-15, M 2 Responses Jul 27

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 18-21 1 Response Oct 12, 2014

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    Trichotillomania or known

    as "trich" is a super rare disorder that I happen to have, yes.. You heard it, I pull my hair out, I always hear people ask "but does it hurt?" No. It doesn't, it's relieving, actually, but the feelin after isn't. Constantly looking in the mirror and breaking down into tears...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I need help. I need advice on how to tell

    people i have trich. Im scared people will reject me.
    JustineMusey JustineMusey 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 1

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    Looking in the mirror

    after a pulling session and saying "what have i done..."
    JustineMusey JustineMusey 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 1

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    Now the hot weather is here,

    I am wearing quite brief shorts pretty much all the time. The problem is that this reminds me how much I hate the hair on my legs. I tackled it with an electric epilator, but that leaves the finer hairs behind, so when I'm bored or stressed sitting in a traffic jam, I've been...
    williamboyson2b williamboyson2b 56-60, M 3 Responses Jun 30

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 37 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 11, 2014

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 18-21 5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    I started pulling out my eyelashes obsessively

    in 3rd grade. It has been less consistent, but i still do it. We always thought it was just a bad habit or a side effect of my add medication.
    Megsupermario Megsupermario 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 7, 2014

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    Lmao I look so gross

    but this is my hair when parted to the side.
    Katiel0ve Katiel0ve 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    It started in 2nd Grade.

    I was about 8. I am now 17, so about 9 years of Trich. Not a very long time, but a very stressful time. It started with the pulling of the eyelashes. I was at a relatives house, and my much older cousin pointed out a loose eyelash on my cheek. It's a very faint memory, but I...
    BeautifulTrich BeautifulTrich 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 46 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 30, 2014

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    It started with my eyelashes

    when I was around 5 years old, or so. Then I began with my eyebrows and eventually into my head. It's not severe. Many are way out of control with complete bald spots. Just every so often, there's this sensation, and I try to lightly scratch the area instead of pulling, but...
    loresmom loresmom 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    Been kinda wondering about eyebrow transplants

    in case mine never grow back to where they should be. But I also wonder if I would try to pull that out too... Thoughts?
    mcoulter94 mcoulter94 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    I started when I was a young toddler (according

    to my mom), and I'm 39 now. I can't seem to stop. Sometimes I will slow down, but I cannot seem to control this behavior. Fortunately, I have very thick, medium length hair; therefore my bald patches are not very noticeable. I'm treated for depression with 30mg Lexapro...
    Brenda1976 Brenda1976 36-40, F Aug 20

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    Trich has been apart of my life

    since I was about 6 years old. I don't know exactly what triggered it, but it has greatly impacted my life. It hit the hardest when I was in the 4th grade. I was a little 9 year old girl with no eyebrows and only 5 eyelashes on each eye. I knew back then that it was wrong, but I...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 13

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    I pull from my scalp,

    there is no covering it unless I wear a hat or a wig. but it's frustrating because my hair is all diff lengths. I look at other women with beautiful, thick&healthy hair and envy them. I am now starting to pick my scalp.
    angelanicole89 angelanicole89 22-25, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I don't know about you all,

    my fellow sufferers of this emotionally destructive thing we call trichotillomania; but I'm finding that when I have pull urges or find myself touching my hair, I simply come here and read the experiences of the rest of you. it's incredibly comforting to know im not alone in...
    cdawn1980 cdawn1980 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 2

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    Anxiety is getting the best of me

    and I'm unable to control. The only way to stop pulling is to make me disabled to pull. Making cuts on the tips of my fingers with a blade. This should work. I NEED TO SAVE MY HAIR.
    selfloather selfloather 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    I have been pulling my hair

    for about 15 years, though I go through periods of time where I don't pull as much or don't pull at all. I started graduate school in June of last year and decided to get my master's degree done in one year. Well, I started with a full head of hair that I was so proud of and now...
    Singvogel Singvogel 26-30 1 Response Jul 1

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    I need someone with experience to help.

    How did you stop pulling?
    Jadek98 Jadek98 16-17, F 4 Responses Jun 29

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    So it's summer and my hair is being all hot

    and gross and obviously this means that it's prime pulling time (after being 1 1/2 year free) but I don't feel like I'm in a bad mood mentally so I don't understand why I'm pulling! It's so annoying!
    ButternutBee98 ButternutBee98 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 27

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    I had trich for abt 3 years

    now i only pull from my scalp i tried to stop and it worked but i relapsed because the thought of my hair isnt growing any longer has discouraged me. My hair is very short on the scalp but long from behind it is very weird looking so i wear a wig all the time whenever i go out...
    Dareme66 Dareme66 18-21, F Jul 6

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    does anyone else pull from.

    ..down there..? I have lots of bald spots and it's not just there. it's my eyebrows, lashes, and head...and my mom yells all the time...but idk how to stop
    oliviairene47 oliviairene47 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 27

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    I pull out my eyebrows,

    my high school graduations tomorrow. My dad was just making fun of me for it and to make me feel better my mom said "she's still beautiful" in response my dad said " yeah and you think Bruce Jenner's beautiful too" I used to not be so insecure about them but that,that really got...
    JulesG04 JulesG04 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 1

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    Trich people can one of you guys message me

    please? Got a stupid question to ask!?
    ChevyGurl20 ChevyGurl20 18-21, F Jul 29

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    UnusualArtist UnusualArtist 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2014